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Happy belated birthday to alii_s. I hope you had a fantastic day!

I'm still working on the whole breathing thing, so I must apologize once more for my tardiness in my replies and emails. Thanks for your patience.

Despite my wheeze, I will be speaking at the McConnell Center at the University of Louisville in Kentucky on September 11 and 12. I'll be leading several seminars for the McConnell Scholars, including one based on Yevgeny Zamyatin's classic dystopian We, but I'll also be presenting a lecture that is free and open to the public at 4pm EST on September 11, in Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library, on the Belknap Campus of the University of Louisville. (You can call 502-852-3323 for additional information.) The talk will be "What Young Adult Dystopian Novels Can Teach Us," and it's a longer version of the presentation I recently made at Anticipation/The World Science Fiction Convention.

In other news, I have a few links to share:

* Check out the Edgar Allan Poe Digital Collection from the University of Texas at Austin. Sweet!

* Librivox.org has some new unabridges readings available that will be of special interest to fans of science fiction and Gothic literature:
-- Nightmare Abbey by Thomas Love Peacock
-- Olalla by Robert Louis Stevenson
-- "Short Science Fiction Collection #25 by authors such as Cordwainer Smith, Fredric Brown, and Walter M. Miller, Jr., among others

* io9 has a very helpful Guide to 2009's Science Fiction/Fantasy Fall Movies.

"They say there is a kind of flower that blooms only once a century. Then couldn't there be one that flowers only once every thousand years -- or once every ten thousand years? Maybe there are and we just don't know it because today is itself that once-in-a-thousand-year moment."
Yevgeny Zamyatin, We


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Sep. 9th, 2009 05:39 pm (UTC)
Good luck with the road trip - Don't push yourself too hard! :::HUGS:::
Sep. 15th, 2009 05:07 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Your good wishes helped. :)
Sep. 9th, 2009 06:45 pm (UTC)
Oh, nice links! I listened to lots of librivox stuff when I drove a lot around in the car. I should check it out again.

And referring back to your latest comment - happy to hear you still enjoying my stories once in a while, and don't feel pressured to comment to all the stuff - I'm just happy to know you're still around :))
Sep. 15th, 2009 05:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks. :) I am still here, and I'm definitely enjoying your wonderful stories! I'll be much better about letting you know, too.
Sep. 9th, 2009 07:25 pm (UTC)
Sorry to hear you're under asthma attack. Don't let those asthmas get the better of you...
Sep. 15th, 2009 05:08 pm (UTC)
Thanks! They are pesky little vermin. What's needed is an old-fashioned hunt. Where's Rockface when I need him?
Sep. 15th, 2009 06:40 pm (UTC)
He has a sore back at the moment. He'll get back to you soon ;)
Sep. 9th, 2009 07:27 pm (UTC)
Sorry you're still feeling poorly. Don't overdo on your trip! [looks at you sternly] We want you back healthier than when you left.
Sep. 15th, 2009 05:11 pm (UTC)
LOL! Thank you. Believe it or not, I think I actually am! :)
Sep. 10th, 2009 03:01 am (UTC)
There is an suspected H1N1 outbreak at the University of Maryland.

I'm having unaccustomed asthma problems lately, because we just put in a new outdoor deck and work, and I guess the security guard stationed out there smokes next to the AC unit, or else the fan at the top of the stairwell draws the smoke in every time the door is opened. But apparently I am the only one who notices...

Hope you are well soon.
Sep. 15th, 2009 05:20 pm (UTC)
I don't envy universities dealing with this. Blech.

Thanks so much for your good wishes. They are helping! I hope you feel better soon, too - that sounds like a nasty position to be in, with the second-hand smoke getting pumped in straight to you!
Sep. 15th, 2009 11:02 pm (UTC)
It's been a little better for the past few days. Someone else may have said something. I could complain until I was blue in the face for all the good it would do (oh wait, I already am...)
Sep. 10th, 2009 07:50 am (UTC)
Will your We seminar be recorded?

I've just bought 5 Russian SF books on Abebooks and that's one of them. I was only after Noon by the Strugatskys but it came in a job lot of 5 for $10 including We. How could I say 'no'?

Anyway, I hope your well enough to enjoy yourself.
Sep. 15th, 2009 05:16 pm (UTC)
Re: Weee!
Oooh, I love Russian SF, the Strugatsky brothers included. It sounds like you got a great deal. I hope you enjoy We! Unfortunately, the seminar wasn't recorded (thanks for asking!), but I do intend to do a segment on a forthcoming StarShipSofa about We soon.

Thanks again!
Sep. 10th, 2009 01:05 pm (UTC)
Sep. 15th, 2009 05:41 pm (UTC)
ROFLOL! Awesome.

"Incantation Technologies..." *snorts* Thanks for the link!

Edited at 2009-09-15 05:42 pm (UTC)
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